Firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at St. Joseph Medical Center - KCTV5

St. Joseph Medical Center partially evacuated after 2-alarm fire

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Firefighters partially evacuated St. Joseph Medical Center's campus after a two-alarm fire in an elevator's mechanical room.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. Monday at 1000 Carondelet Dr. in Kansas City, MO, as heavy black smoke came from a mechanical room in building B on the campus.

Crews evacuated the first floor of the medial building, including a cafeteria area, the pharmacy, doctors' offices and a gift shop.

Firefighters extinguished the fire about 20 minutes later. Staff, visitors and others were allowed to return about an hour after the fire broke out. No patient floors required evacuation.

No injuries were reported.

Hospital staff members said everything went well as possible during the fire, which was small but put out significant smoke. The thick black smoke led to the expanded evacuations.

"We do have plans in place," said Cyndi Fahrlander, spokeswoman for the hospital. "They worked very well. Everyone was very calm."

The hospital has evacuation drills several times each day.

"We have a great resource in the Kansas City Fire Department. They got things nailed down and got everybody where they needed to be," Fahrlander said.

Whether the fire was electrical in nature or stemmed from another cause is under investigation. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

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